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The Early Show
May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Saturday, repeating until September 30, 2017
Dan King, born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. A fishing town on the northern rocky shoreline with a strange mix of working class laborers, immigrants and old money brahmins from a bygone era. A great escape destination for poets, artists, musicians and tourists looking for a glimpse at a forgotten America. Dan grew up in a mostly Portugese neighborhood and attended Gloucester Public Schools. His parents were working class, his father was a Navy man and later became a butcher and his mother was a bookkeeper. His first memories of music were his fathers Chet Atkins and Glen Campbell records. Picking up the guitar at age 10 he became serious at age 14 and took lessons from local instructor/guitar maker Peter Mercurio. After High School Dan attended Harvard University. Teacher Herb Pomeroy encouraged Dan to take music more seriously. His first band, The Twelve Hour Band with school mates Sebastian Moceri, Jeremy Smith, Corey Marques and later Andrew Browning and Shane Bediz played mostly classic rock, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Dylan, Lou Reed. After the Twelve Hour Band Dan and Sebastian (Busty) formed Pillbox with Vincent Briguglio, Jon Stavis, Matthew Marnik in late 1990. Much more progressive than the Twelve Hour Band this group was influenced by Frank Zappa, Cream, Santana and upcoming bands Phish, Black Crowes, Pearl Jam. Pillbox also incorporated modern rap, hip hop, and funk with rhyming brother team Chex Bonex and Chex Lunex, and percussionist Rob Rhodes. The possibilities were endless and Pillbox was open to all kinds of experimentation. Pillbox lasted strong until the winter of 1992. After the break-up of Pillbox Dan got back to the acoustic guitar, writing more songs, attending open-mics, playing gigs at local pubs in gloucester, amherst, northhampton, boston and cambridge, jamming with different outfits and friends until traveling to San Francisco by auto-drive-away with friend Rich Mann in early 94′. Stopping in New York, St. Louis, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, finally landing in Santa Cruz where Dan made his first west coast appearance. Next was San Francisco where Dan immediately got showcase status at local open-mics and held his own weekly shows in the Lower Haight district, getting gigs by walking into places and playing tunes for food and beer. After 9 months Dan ventured back east with experience and a better understanding of the music he wanted to make. He grabbed bassist Briguglio and teamed bluesman Jason Apt and drummer Ken Tolman and formed the short lived but tight and focused Rectifias. Steady rehearsals of acoustic songs Dan had been doing turned into tough bluesier nuggets like Santa Fe Jack and Tear Up The Dive, Dan’s strongest writing efforts to date. Time and family restraints broke up the band too early. It was at this time that Dan entered Cove studio in Rockport, Ma. for the first time and began recording. Drummer Nelson Bragg ( now with Brian Wilson) filled the slot with Briguglio on bass and the Prolz were formed. Guitarist Mark Pelosi and drummer Dom Lentini guested as well as engineers Doug Brown and Dave Henshaw, the final product was a year and a half in the making and put out by local indie label Rotary Records. The Prolz added guitarist Brian DeFort and drummer Pete Koeplin and for the next two years played many shows locally, both electric and acoustic, hosting an open jam everymonday at favorite local pub the Rhumbline. Highlights included Nemo music conference where the Prolz shared the bill at Mama Kin in Boston with the owners Aerosmith and a Washington DC trip with radio interviews, instore appeearances, and concerts. Fell in the Pocket was played on radio from Maine to DC. A second record was Recorded at Breakwater Estate Studio by David Brown ( Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Dr. John) and Produced by Grammy Nominated and award winner Tom Hambridge( Susan Tedeschi, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter) in late 96′ and finished in 97′. Titled INSTINCT it was the finest recording project to date with exceptionally produced gems like Beatles in my Room, Whistle Bye, and the title track. Time Move Over was recorded mostly in the summer of 98′ at Room 9 From Outer Space by Ducky Carlisle with Hambridge producing again and was finished in late 99′. King’s first Solo effort included Nate Ricardson (John Brown’s Body), Matt Laurence (Yep), Tom West (Peter Wolf), Monstor Mike Welch, Ken Clarke, Mike Tucker, Ben Zecker, Benny Benson, Dan Graziani ( the adicts), with Hambridge on backing vocals and Prolz Kopelin and Briguglio making appearances, as well as Pelosi. Performing live with L.A musicians Graziani, Doug Forsdick, Bret McConnell, Joe Mora, as Dan King and the Mac. Rounder records offshoot Grapeshot records picked up Time Move Over in 2000 and released it nationally in March of 2001. King appeared in New York City and Los Angeles( the indie music awards at the famous Biltmore) to support the record. Boston Radio played “Never Once”. King produced Luke Temple whom he also played bass with during this time. Many trips and gigs in New York City influenced the next album Two Kinds Of Mind with Drummer Friend Russ Lawton (Trey Anastastio), Richardson, Dave Brown, Dave Mattacks (legendary british folk rock drummer), and current bassist Wolf Ginandes. Recorded by Tony Goddess (Papas Fritas, Rudds) starting in spring 2001 and released spring 2003, Two Kinds Of Mind also features Fly Amero(Orleans), Inge Berge (Tommy), Briguglio, and Temple. Mature songs, good recordings, Two Kinds got the same radio support for “After the Round”. King’s reputation amongst his peers grew and was offered to perform with Whoopi Goldberg for a possible NBC special through friend Jamie Kehoe. Dan was now established as a fixture on the North Shore, doing shows with Goldberg, Lawton, Mattacks, Brown, highlights include jamming with Robin Williams and Goldberg, for her birthday in New York’s Cutting Room in 2005, and in front of 5,000 at Cornell U. in upstate New York. Other Recording projects including drummer James Cohen( Ryan Montbleau) and old mate Burke Sampson (Caleb Stine and the Brakemen) were done in Boston with Dave Minehan(the neighborhoods) at Wooly Mammoth studio, and with Andrew Mazzone at High n Dry studio in Cambridge, featuring Lawton, Ginandes, and Dana Colley on saxophone (Morphine). These recordings are now available for download. A concept record was recorded with theater performer Inge Berge and gave birth to the songs “Up In The Air” and “English Class Warrior”. Dan also co-wrote and performed in the original performance art piece “Big Top Road” with co-creators artist Jon Sarkin and director Ian McColl. “An unflinching look at art, text and music”, Big Top is another chapter in the ever becoming artist life of Dan King. Always keeping busy Dan plays bass in the Reggae outfit GLOSTAFARIANS , the 80’s retro band SAFETY and THE PROLZ are set to do some reunion shows. Recent success since 2010 with The Bandit Kings as writer and Producer as put Dan’s songs on the Loft Sirius XM with Meg Griffin. The current Acoustic and Electric line-up is Dan with guitarist David Brown, Dave Mattacks on drums, and bassist Wolf Ginandes. Their live release LIGHT CITY is available for download and streaming as are TIME MOVE OVER,TWO KINDS OF MIND and now KBMG studio releases WESTERN COLOR and BLUE SKY SUNDOWN.